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dc.contributor.authorShirley, Nancyen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 497en_US
dc.description.abstractThe readings today elicit several responses from me. The Book of Revelation intimidates me, mostly because I feel uneasy about the apocalyptic interpretations. Yet, as I read these excerpts for today, I could sense the hope revealed in these passages and, perhaps, the book is not a voice of doom but one of salvation. It forces me to take a new perspective on the Book of Revelation. It is clear that if we listen to the message, we are blessed. I think it is the negative spin from the media - with all the foreboding and doom that we are to expect. It made me think how often we fall prey to listening to "the press" about something without knowing the whole story. I form my expectations based on those opinions and "spins" and may be led down a road of negative thought. It creates an "aha" moment for me, that I may do this kind of thinking about many things and people. Then my actions are predicated upon this faulty thinking. I may avoid something or someone because (in my mind) it is going to be a negative experience. I may miss wonderful opportunities because I am not open to the positive that is there also. After reading the responses in the second reading, I am thinking that I need to read more of this Book and stop avoiding what may be written - overcome my fears to face what God is saying to us about our future.||One of my favorite lines in this first reading is "you have endurance and have suffered for my name, and you have not grown weary." I love the thought that as we demonstrate our faith we are given strength and do not tire. Of course, it reminds me of a song . . . We will run and not grow weary for our God will be our strength and we will fly like an eagle we will rise again. Our strength, our source of all we do is God and our relationship with God. It is such a sense of freedom and comfort - knowing that we are in the arms of God. When I remember this I can be content regardless of the circumstances.|The responsorial psalm uses a verse from Revelations that is yet another example of the hope present in that book. " . . . I will feed from the tree of life." The image associated with this line is such a positive one - a tree of life that reaches to the sky and is deeply rooted in the earth. A tree that provides beauty in every season - with new buds and flowers, with lush green leaves, with brightly colored foliage, and even, with bare branches dramatic against the sky. We are fed from this - our bodies, our souls!! Once again, how can I not be content? Oh, I can find ways, the pollen bothers my allergies, the leaves are a pain to rake, and I could go on. But why, why do we need to focus on the little annoyances and lose sight of the glorious "big picture?"|Perhaps it is most fitting that the gospel focuses on a blind man with incredible faith. We are all blind in many ways - too often without the faith of this man. Too often, not realizing that all we have to do is to open our hearts to the Lord, to ask Jesus to "let me see." My renewed prayer is to keep an open heart and to give my life over to God in a more dedicated way. I know when I do the right things happen. Perhaps not what I feared or expected or even hoped for - but I know they are the right things . . .en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Monday, November 15, 2010: 33rd week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitSchool of Nursingen_US
dc.program.unitCollege of Nursingen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorShirley, Nancyen_US Timeen_US 33en_US
dc.subject.local1Revelation 1:1-4; 2:1-5en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 1:1-2, 3, 4, 6en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 18:35-43en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US IIen_US

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